Serena Williams has officially assumed the world No. 1 ranking again. But her rightful ascendance in the rankings might very well be blunted by further sanctions stemming from Williams' U.S. Open outburst.
Dinara Safina has spent an athletic lifetime escaping the shadows cast by others, and never as quickly as her critics demand. As Safina says herself: "Doesn't matter, fast or slow," because she's playing like a No. 1 now.
Dinara Safina has a legitimate rationale for not meeting the predicted lofty standards. After all, her family genes -- ahem, Marat -- favor squandered talent. But this year, she's finally turning the corner.